Paris Saint-Germain【22/23 Season Introduction】

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This time, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Ligue 1 club that only won a single title last season due to a “disappointing” season, has taken a new direction from the big reinforcement policy by bringing in the golden duo that led Lille to the championship two years ago.


Basic Information

(Date of establishment)1970
(Stadium) Parc des Princes
Capacity 47,929)
(Manager)Christophe Galtier
(President)Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi
(Official Site)HP twitter Youtube

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Ligue 1victory(10th)
(86Points 26 wins-8 draws-4 losses)
Coupe de FranceRound of 16
CLRound of 16

Last season, they won the Ligue 1 championship by a huge margin of 15 points over second-place Marseille, but in the CL, they suffered a shocking upset and finished in the top 16. In addition, they were eliminated from the French Cup and ended up with “only one title”.

・The president, Al-Khelaifi, has brought in Campos and Galtier, the duo that led Lille to the championship two years ago, to head the team’s reinforcement department and to lead the new team. The team has abandoned its traditional strategy of large-scale reinforcements and instead has turned to Campos’ signature strategy of focusing on promising talent.

・At the same time, the team has begun a personnel shakeup. The goal is to build an energetic team to win the CL by replacing blood, in the same Campos style that has been used mercilessly at Monaco and Lille.

・The new coach, Galtier, has sealed off the synonymous [4-4-2] and is focusing on building a system with three backs. However, during the tour of Japan, the team’s offensive and defensive balance was poor, exposing defensive problems. The key point is whether they can find the optimal solution to make the most of their splendid trio of Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi, and build a team that can win the CL.


(Name)Christophe Galtier
(Date of birth)August 28, 1966(56)
(inauguration)July 2022

・He and his old friend, Luis Campos, the head of reinforcement, teamed up at Lille for three and a half years starting in 2017 and won the Ligue-1 in the 20-21 season after giving Paris SG a run for their money.

Based on a solid defense and fast attack, he is known for building a collective and powerful team that makes the most of the cards in its hands.

・At his inaugural press conference on July 5, he revealed his intention to adopt a three-back formation instead of the synonymous [4-4-2]. The tactical plan is to follow the [3-4-3] framework that Pochettino eventually arrived at last season, and then brush up on it.

・Early on in his tenure, he named Gianluigi Donnarumma as the team’s regular defender, putting an end to the combination with Keylor Navas, who was causing unnecessary tension in the team.

・The team has made streamlining its ranks an important theme and is working to eliminate risk factors that disrupt cohesion. These include Navas, Sergio Rico, Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler, and Mauro Icardi.

Transfer market (Summer)

PositionNameFormer clubTransfer fee
GKSergio RicoMallorcaRental Return
DFNordi MukieleRB Leipzig12 Million €
Teddy AllohEupenRental Return
MFVitinhaPorto41.5 Million €
Renato Júnior Luz SanchesLille15 Million €
Fabián RuizNapoli23 Million €
Carlos SolerValencia18 Million €
FWHugo HenriqueStade de Reims
Pablo SarabiaSportingRental Return

PositionNameTransfers toTransfer fee
GKDenis FranchiBurnleyUnknown
DFColin DagbaStrasbourg0€
Thilo KehrerWest Ham10.1 million £
Abdou DialloRB LeipzigRental
Layvin KurzawaFulhamRental
Colin DagbaStrasbourgRental
MFÁngel Fabián Di MaríaJuventus
Xavi SimonsPSV
Georginio WijnaldumAS RomaRental
Idrissa Gana GueyeEverton4 Million €
Julian DraxlerBenficaRental
Leandro Daniel ParedesJuventusRental
Ander HerreraAthletic BilbaoRental
Eric Junior Dina=EbimbeFrankfurtRental

Notable Newcomers (Top 3)

Renato Júnior Luz Sanches (MF/Portugal Representative)

“Midfield utility with excellent intensity”

He has been active and in the spotlight since his debut and has won international competitions and leagues. After a period of slow growth, he made a successful comeback at Lille under coach Galtier two years ago. This season, under his mentor, he has earned the right to challenge the big clubs again with PSG.

・He has been active and in the spotlight since his debut and has won international competitions and leagues. After a period of slow growth, he made a spectacular comeback at Lille under coach Galdier two years ago, and under his mentor, he has once again earned the right to challenge the big clubs at PSG.

Vitinha (MF/Portugal Representative)

“Central midfielder who awakened in Porto”

He takes the right position in any situation, smooths out situations with a calm demeanor that belies his age, and shows up all over the pitch with his bottomless stamina. He also presses aggressively and creates rhythm with his skillful passing.

・A technician who stole a place from S.  Oliveira at last summer’s EURO, he is regarded as Moutinho’s successor in his home country. He is regarded as Moutinho’s successor in his home country. His high technical ability and tactical sense should be good enough for Paris SG. He is expected to be a player who can show his ability to build an attack, something Verratti has relied on in the past, and there are high expectations for him.

Nuno Alexandre Tavares Mendes (DF/Portugal Representative

・A super-aggressive SB who dominates the left side of the field with his “natural physical ability.

・Last year, when he was on loan from Sporting CP (Portugal), the 19-year-old showed an amazing growth curve and became a regular player, and he and Neymar worked well together in a number of occasions.

・After the return of Juan Bernat, he did not lose his place, and the club did not hesitate to buy him out this summer.

・He is a sideback with good size and physical ability including “speed”. His “dribbling” is propulsive, and his deep turns are as sharp as a winger’s. He has an accurate left-footed cross and is an active participant in the attack. He has a highly accurate left-footed cross and is an active participant in the attack.

Players List

Can we find the optimal solution for Mpave, Messi, and Neymar based on the 3-4-2-1?

・Building a team full of vigor and motivation to win the CL will be PSG’s mission this year.

・To this end, what PSG is doing now, rather than reinforcing large star players, is to replace mid-level and veteran players who seem to be coasting with youngsters who are giddy with ambition, and to create an organization that fills the team with vitality and motivation.

Based on the premise that Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar are to be used simultaneously, a realistic [3-4-3] would be the best solution. The 3-4-1-2 formation with Mbappe in the center, Messi on the right, and Neymar on the left would be more appropriate, since Messi and Neymar would act more like second-top players than wingers.


Last season, the “MNM trio,” which was supposed to bring the long-awaited European conquest, was truly a sign of things to come, with Neymar repeatedly injured and Messi unable to adjust to his new surroundings, but Mbappe has evolved into a tremendous monster with performances of a different dimension and improved quality in chance-making.

・In the preseason, all three players scored a string of goals together, showing their combination and destructive power. If no one leaves the team during the season, they are sure to score a lot of goals.


・The first reinforcement of the summer was the acquisition of the versatile Vitinha from Porto, a potential successor to the 30-year-old Verratti, who will turn 30 in November, who will give the club more options in the attack, where they have relied on Verratti in the past.

With the arrival of Renato Sanchez from Lille, there will be fierce competition among six or seven regular class players for the only two midfield slots available.


With coach Galtier naming Gianluigi Donnarumma as the regular guardian early in his tenure, it is up to Navas, who has a clear reserve role, to decide whether he accepts it and stays with the team or refuses and leaves, but if he leaves, a second goalkeeper must be acquired.

・In the final line, Marquinhos remains the mainstay, with Ramos and Kimpembe, who know the winner’s mentality, as the basic shape. The addition of Nordi Mukiele, who can play CB and right back at a high level, as a top replacement for Kehrer, will arouse the competition for the fourth CB position and add more depth to the final line.

Players List


1Keylor Antonio NavasCosta Rica・Last season, big saves were sporadic, perhaps because the rhythm was disrupted by the combination of the two.
16Sergio RicoSpain・Joined Mallorca on a temporary basis in the second half of last season and helped them to stay in La Liga
90Alexandre LetellierFrance・Raised in PSG’s youth system, he has worked for clubs in Switzerland and Norway, and is now the third goalkeeper.
99Gianluigi DonnarummaItaly・His greatest weapon is his shot-stopping ability, which he makes use of his blessed physique and outstanding agility.


2Achraf HakimiMorocco・He has established himself as a right back with speed and skill. His attacking sense and crosses are second to none.
3Presnel KimpembeFrance・He is a CB with outstanding physical ability and passing ability with his left foot, and he also stands out for his fighting spirit.
・He is the only native player in the main team, and supporters have high expectations for him.
4Sergio RamosSpain・A long-time captain of R. Madrid, he was plagued by injuries in his first year with the club last season.
5MarquinhosBrazil・A super-defender who is thorough in everything from defending against opponents to judging situations and feeding, he also excels in leadership skills, and last season he was an MVP-level performer.
14Juan BernatSpain・Interacting exquisitely with the attackers, he is a surprisingly good scorer in the box.
25Nuno Alexandre Tavares MendesPortugal・Up-and-coming left back with extraordinary technique and attacking sense
26Nordi MukieleFrance・New strength to strengthen right SB and CB


6Marco VerrattiItaly・Oldest leader with 11 years with the company.
・One of the best ball-handling skills in the world
8Fabián Ruiz PeñaSpain・Effortlessly playing the role of an offensive and defensive link, he became the starting point of a breakdown with his sharp passes.
15Danilo Luís Hélio PereiraPortugal・Large midfielder who can also function as a CB or inside half, with bolan as his main position.
17VitinhaPortugal・He joined the team with the endorsement of Campos, who is in charge of strengthening the team, and immediately became a regular.
18Renato Júnior Luz SanchesPortugal・No way to keep him down in midfield unless you are a world class crusher.
28Carlos SolerSpain・Using solid skills and tactical vision to penetrate into the box and score goals.
33Warren Zaire-EmeryFrance・His reputation in the youth scouting community skyrocketed during the 2021-22 season. One of the world’s best young prospects.


7Kylian MbappéFrance・Ace of the heavenly ace; contract renewed through summer of ’25, ending the transfer frenzy to Madrid
10NeymarBrazil・His ability to create a difference on the front line is unparalleled. Will he be able to straighten his collar and shine under the new regime?
19Pablo SarabiaSpain・Multirole that can play anywhere up front
・The “salute” pose is for my father, who was a soldier.
30Lionel Andrés MessiArgentina・Legend that needs no explanation.
・Pure love from the age of 5 years old.
35Ismaël GharbiSpain・A gem of the PSG academy
・Sharp dribbling and scoring ability, also good at FK
44Hugo EkitikeFrance・Despite his height, he is known for his skill and speed with his feet.

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